There are extensive health and safety regulations in industries where hazards are common, like oil exploration, mining, quarrying, construction and many forms of manufacturing. The first Draft International Standard (DIS) of ISO 45001, the world's first international occupational health and safety standard, was published in February 2016. A second draft was requested in June and will be available in December 2016. The new standard is envisaged to replace BS OHSAS 18001 from the middle of 2017.
Environmental regulations are increasingly applied to potentially harmful activities such as chemicals, utilities, transport and many other sectors producing emissions which can damage the atmosphere. Management of industrial waste and disposal of polluting materials and by-products is another area of risk that must be properly controlled. Accreditation to ISO 14001 is important too as it shows that you take environmental management seriously.
Big fines, restrictions on trade and enforced company closure can result from non-conformance with rules and regulations. We advise clients on best practice and compliance. Prevention is better than cure. Our consulting services will cost you much less than lawyers and legal penalties.
This all puts a heavy burden of responsibility and liability on the shoulders of business leaders as well as public sector CEOs and all boards of directors. We can help you to ensure that your risk management strategy takes full account of the threats to continuity from rules and regulations.